Last year my faculty went through two OFSTED inspections. A trial inspection with three HMIs and a real inspection shorty before lockdown. The trial inspection showed all students have a love of maths. Later, the real inspection, in the words of my headteacher, simply blew the lead inspector away.
In each inspection we showed how we teach the curriculum through problem solving. Shortly after blogging about the inspections I received hundreds of messages from educators seeking advice about how they can embed such an approach. My answer is simple, make problem solving questions a feature of every lesson for students of all abilities.
To help with this I would like to share with four new problem solving lessons. These range from applying the rules of arithmetic to solving real life problems with compound interest. Every lesson comes with a worksheet and tutorial video that model the solutions. More problem solving lessons will be added more soon.
Students are challenged to apply compound percentage changes to calculate an original amount after a percentage change, a percentage rate and compare real-life investments.
My name is Jonathan Robinson and I am passionate about teaching mathematics. I am currently Head of Maths in the South East of England and have been teaching for over 15 years. I am proud to have helped teachers all over the world to continue to engage and inspire their students with my lessons.
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Four new problem solving lessons to develop student’s mathematical reasoning and communication skills.
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